Monday, January 31, 2011

love dare. day 23. love always protects..

What can I say..we are on day 23! Resolve to be consistent my friends! That is becoming my motto..Resolve to be consistent! Day 23
(love) always protects.-1 Corinthians 13:7
Love always protects.
"Unfortunately your marriage has enemies out there. They come in many forms and use different strategies, but nonetheless they will conspire to destroy your relationship unless you know how to ward them off."
Harmful influences: Such as Internet and T.V. draining time from your family and keep you separated.
Unhealthy relationships: Friends who undermine your marriage do not deserve the title of friend.
Shame: Exposing your husband or wife's vulnerabilities in public..not cool.
Parasites: Addictions that suck the life out of your marriage such as gambling, drugs, pornography.
"The Bible speaks plainly here about the protective role. God warned "My flock has become prey...and food for all the beast of the field. How so? They lacked a shepherd. Not because they were too weak but because they didn't pay attention!"
Today's dare
Remove anything that is hindering your relationship, any addiction or influence that's stealing your affections and turning your heart away from your spouse.

Questions for you:

  • What did you throw out first?
  • Are there others that need to go as well?
  • What do you hope the removal of these things will do for you and your marriage, and your relationship with God?

Thank you to those of you who are doing this dare...and thanks for stopping by! Love ya Mean it! Stephanie

image unknown/ book excerpts from the "love dare" by Alex and Stephen Kendrick


Connie Lou said...

Great reminder, I hear too many people, both men and women, ripping their partners apart in public or within their circle..still bad! Respect and trust, right? Thanks for doing this, no matter where we are in life, these relationship skills are important to hide in our hearts. Aloha and God Bless, Connie

Dianna said...

Okay...debated about whether to share this one, but I really believe I am supposed to.

The thing I'm throwing out...being consumed with my computer time. From today forward I am going to control my computer time...not allow the computer time to control me. I will allow myself one hour at noon and 30 minutes in the evening. That's it. Lisa did a tremendous post about this a month or so ago...

Yes...there are probably others...but one thing at a time is what I can concentrate on.

I KNOW what this change will bring about...a happier me because I will be spending more time with the Lord, I'll be getting more accomplished around the house and I'll be taking better care of my hubby who gives so much for me. All of it together will give us a stronger marriage.

Lisa notes... said...

Ouch. That's a toughie! I made a conscious effort in January to cut back too. I'm not sure it was enough for anyone to even notice though... I'm still working on it.